A long time B-57 pilot recalls having "all the eggs in one basket".
This photo shows a formation flight for a Malmstrom AFB Open House by the 17 DSES over Glacier National Park late in the summer of 1976. All four pilots were flying veterans with a cumulative time of more than 16,000 flying hours in the B-57.
According to Chuck Ramsey, lead Lee Mongeon announced at the briefing that if there was an accident, the remaining crews should just go away because "...we could never come up with an explanation."
Number 2 aircraft was flown by J.T. Stanley, number 3 - Jerry Russell and Ramsey in slot 4.